Plague-making And The Aids Epidemic: A Story Of Discrimination

Hardcover | February 15, 2012

byGina M. Bright

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Since its appearance in the United States, AIDS has been called a plague. Yet when we view AIDS in the cultural context of other diseases named as plagues throughout history, it reveals that many diseases become plagues because they are associated with unaccepted behaviors and marginalized groups. This book explores how the cultural process of making any disease a plague results in discrimination against certain groups, as it has for those with AIDS in America. Gina M. Bright here captures the discrimination produced by plague-making in her analysis and her portraits of the people she has cared for with AIDS over the past quarter-century.

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Since its appearance in the United States, AIDS has been called a plague. Yet when we view AIDS in the cultural context of other diseases named as plagues throughout history, it reveals that many diseases become plagues because they are associated with unaccepted behaviors and marginalized groups. This book explores how the cultural pr...

Gina M. Bright is an oncology nurse and continues to work with people with AIDS. She has been a registered nurse for 25 years and holds a PhD in English literature from Lehigh University. She has published articles for nurses and serves as the editor for the Transcultural Nursing Issues newsletter. This is her first book. She lives in...
Format:HardcoverDimensions:218 pages, 9.72 × 5.64 × 0.74 inPublished:February 15, 2012Publisher:Palgrave MacmillanLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0230340717

ISBN - 13:9780230340718

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Table of Contents

PART I: Introduction * Why I Wrote this Book * What Is Plague? * PART II: Bubonic Plague * Fourteenth-Century Europe * Fifteenth- through Seventeenth-Century Europe * The Nineteenth through Twentieth Centuries * PART III: The Emergence of AIDS * The Making of a Plague (1981-86) * Solidifying Plague (1987-89) * Living with Plague (1990-94) * PART IV: The Endurance of AIDS * Reflections (1995-2000) * Reticence (2001-2010) * Conclusions: The Legacy of Plague-Making

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"Plague-Making and the AIDS Epidemic discusses and reviews how people diagnosed with AIDS were treated physically and emotionally by health care professionals, the media, and the lay public and compares AIDS with previous plagues. The outcome for people with AIDS has changed drastically over the last 30 years - health care providers and historians alike should read Bright's book."— Barbara Owens, registered nurse and associate professor (formerly at University of Texas, San Antonio)